2021 Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program in Kosovo is open for Kosovo host institutions to submit project ideas for qualified U.S. scholars and professionals. The Fulbright Specialist Program is a part of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. The program awards grants for projects that will last between two and six weeks.  Applications must be submitted via the World Learning portal by April 15, 2021. Projects cannot begin prior to September 1, 2021 and must be completed by the end of September 30, 2022.


Please note: the following information is for the inviting host institutions only. Interested U.S. Scholars please refer to the information provided by the United States Department of State and World Learning Visit the Fulbright Specialist website for a general program overview and highlights: https://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org/

For over 50 years, the Fulbright Scholar Program has sent leading U.S. faculty and professionals around the world to teach and research for terms ranging from three months to an academic year.

In order to extend the scope and reach of the traditional program in a new era, the Fulbright Specialist Program was initiated to offer shorter grant periods of up to six weeks and to undertake different types of activities.

Central to the new program, however, is the original Fulbright purpose of advancing mutual understanding, establishing long-term cooperation, and creating opportunities for institutional linkages.

Fulbright Kosovo can offer 9 Fulbright Specialist grants per calendar year. This is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Kosovo.

A Fulbright Specialist grant may be funded for anywhere between 14 and 42 days, including travel days. Fulbright Kosovo will give preference to projects for the maximum program length of 42 days. The stay in Kosovo should be uninterrupted as it cannot be split up into several periods. A Fulbright Specialist grant should include opportunities to collaborate with professional counterparts on faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities. For example, Fulbright Specialists may:

  • Conduct needs assessments, surveys, institutional or program research
  • Take part in specialized academic programs and conferences
  • Consult with administrators and instructors from post-secondary institutions on faculty development
  • Present lectures at graduate and undergraduate levels
  • Participate in or lead seminars or workshops
  • Develop and/or assess academic curricula or educational materials
  • Conduct teacher-training programs at the tertiary level

The Fulbright Specialist Program welcomes applicants from a range of eligible disciplines:

  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Math
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies
  • Physics
  • Political Science and Public Administration
  • Public and Global Health
  • Sociology and Social Work
  • S. Studies in Art, Art History, Dance, History, Literature, Music, Popular Culture & Theater
  • Urban Planning

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • involve more than one department/unit at the inviting host institution and/or
  • are interdisciplinary in nature and/or
  • help develop institutional strategies at the host institution and/or
  • involve community stakeholders outside the host institution and/or
  • promote academic innovation.


The Fulbright Specialist Program is open to qualified U.S. scholars and professionals in the fields listed above.

  • Inviting institutions must be accredited higher education institutions.
  • Inviting academic institutions can identify any qualified U.S. Scholar (a name request). This person will have to go through a screening process for final eligibility.
  • Institutions can also select a candidate from the existing Specialist Roster (a list with pre-approved scholars). These “Roster” scholars do not have to go through another screening process.

Host Institutions:  Local universities, government ministries, NGOs, think tanks or other not-for-profit institutions are requested to:

  • Follow country-specific processes or competition requirements and develop a project that fits the parameters of FSP.
  • Provide in-country cost share for the Specialist, including lodging, meals, and in-country transportation, either through monetary or in-kind contributions, throughout their full stay in country.
  • Provide secure, safe and comfortable housing for the Specialist.  Typical accommodations are hotels, university housing, and (if organized in consultation with the Specialist candidate and approved by them) approved homestays with host institution staff or faculty.
  • Organize and provide funding or in-kind assistance for pick-up/drop-off at the airport.
  • Provide funding or in-kind assistance for all meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Typical options include stipends to provide opportunities for Specialists to go to local cafes or shop for groceries, university cafeterias, meals at a homestay, etc.  The funding must be calculated in USD.
  • Notify U.S. Embassy of any problems or concerns while the Specialist is carrying out his or her project.
  • Complete the final report survey.
  • Report to the post regarding a project’s impact or media coverage.


  • S. citizen at the time of application. Permanent resident status is not sufficient.
  • A PhD or equivalent professional/terminal degree at the time of application. For professionals and artists outside academia, recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments are required.
  • Persons residing abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application are ineligible. Residing abroad is defined as living outside the United States for nine months or more during a calendar year. Duty abroad in the U.S. Armed Forces is not considered disqualifying within the meaning of this section.
  • Disclosure of prior conviction or current indictment for commission of a felony. Prior conviction or current indictment may result in disqualification.

Applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or physical impairment.
Grants awarded will include international travel and per diem.
Costs for lodging, meals, and in-country transportation must be covered by the host institution.


We are working with a U.S. partner for the administration of the Fulbright Specialist Program – World Learning. Kosovo institutions interested in hosting a Fulbright Specialist in calendar year 2021 will need to apply directly to World Learning via this website:


Prospective host institutions will need to register on the website and obtain a username in order to complete the application via the World Learning portal. Please contact World Learning directly with any questions regarding the host institution application on the World Learning portal:  Fulbrightspecialist@worldlearning.org

Please keep in mind that host institutions are expected to provide the following benefits to a Fulbright Specialist for the duration of the grant period:

  • Accommodation
  • Meal stipend of at least EUR 25/day
  • Public transportation

Website and Contact Information: For additional information please visit the Fulbright Specialist website for a general program overview and highlights: https://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org/

Contact our implementing partner World Learning at Fulbrightspecialist@worldlearning.org for assistance with the project portal and application procedures, or for program materials.


Prospective host institutions should direct all questions to American Councils Kosovo at nmusa@americancouncils.org